What is the number one reason to practice healthy oral hygiene?
It’s a beautiful smile, right? Or maybe you are concerned with eating healthy foods, so you want to have healthy teeth. Also, a strong set of teeth is essential for speaking clearly. So if you want to be understood, you better take care of your teeth.
All of these are perfectly fine reasons for practicing healthy oral hygiene. In fact, it is hard to pick one out as being more important than others. But there is one reason missing, and it is a pretty important one.
What about fresh smelling breath?
It doesn’t matter how great your smile is. Or how healthily you eat. Or how well you articulate your speech. If your breath is wilting flowers, people are going to keep their distance.
Here at Overmeyer Family Dental, we understand there are many facets to oral health, and many reasons to take care of your teeth and gums, and we want the beautiful people of Orlando, FL to understand as many of them as possible, so that you can enjoy the full value of your oral health.
Why Worry about Bad Breath?
As we mentioned above, bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be a serious obstacle to your social life. You will have a hard time fitting in at work if no one wants to sit across from you, and you can forget about a promotion if no one wants to be on a team with you because of your foul breath. Making new friends and dating is next to impossible if no one can stand to be in a conversation with you for more than a few seconds because of the foul air blowing from your mouth when you talk.
However, social issues are not the only thing to consider about bad breath. An unpleasant odor emanating from your mouth can be an indication that something is wrong. For example, tooth decay and gum disease are often accompanied by bad breath. And for a worse case scenario, cancer can also cause bad breath.
The point is you should not dismiss bad breath as a shallow, frivolous matter. It could be the result of a serious health problem, and at the very least, it could be holding back your social life.
What Causes Bad Breath and What to Do about It
Poor Oral Hygiene – There are, of course, a number of ways to end up with bad breath, but in most case it is the result of bacteria and food debris decomposing in your mouth. Even if you think your mouth is clean, you could have plaque and bits of food stuck between your teeth, hanging on at your gum line, or even hiding out on your tongue.
If you are brushing too quickly or haphazardly, you could be leaving behind the causes of bad breath. Be sure you brush thoroughly with a toothbrush that fits your mouth and don’t forget to floss and to brush your tongue. And remember: the bacteria that causes bad breath also causes tooth decay and gum disease. So proper oral hygiene is a dental health care must!
Food – The biggest culprits when it comes to food giving you stinky breath has got to be garlic and onions. The goods news is that these strong smelling foods are actually very good for you. The bad breath is just an unfortunate side effect.
With garlic and onions the strong smelling odor does not come from the your mouth, but from your lungs. The chemicals that cause these foods to be so pungent actually get into your bloodstream to be expelled on your breath. So brushing and flossing will not rid you of the odor, although a mint toothpaste could cover the odor.
The smell will eventually run its course, so in the meantime you can chew on some minty sugarless gum to lessen the effects of the food.
Regular Visit to Overmeyer Family Dental
Home oral health care is essential for you well being, and coming into our office in for cleanings and examinations will help you keep smiling and keep your breath smelling great.
Contact us to schedule an appointment.